18 days in Belgium, Germany & The Netherlands Itinerary

18 days in Belgium, Germany & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  16 h
1
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
The Hague, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Singapore, Singapore

2
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Konigsallee and Chocolate Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Dusseldorf trip builder site.

Singapore, Singapore to Dusseldorf is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Dusseldorf, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in July, expect nights in Dusseldorf to be colder, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. On the 31st (Tue), you're off to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chocolate Museum
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Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Aachen Cathedral and Die roemische Hafenstrasse in Koeln will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum Ludwig and Wallraf-Richartz Museum. The adventure continues: visit Historic Old Town, make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at OMS Beachclub, and get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne journey planning website.

Drive from Dusseldorf to Cologne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

OMS Beachclub, Aachen Cathedral
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Place St. Gery, thensteep yourself in history at Grand Place, thenbrowse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary website.

Getting from Cologne to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Brussels are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the striking features of Stadhuis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Friet Museum, thenstop by Patershol, thenstop by Dille and Kamille, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bruges trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ghent
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Friet Museum ©
Friet Museum
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

1
night
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, thenlook for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, and finally stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Antwerp journey planning site.

You can drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Shopping Historic Sites
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Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

1
night
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Euromast.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rotterdam online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Antwerp to Rotterdam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to The Hague.
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Euromast ©
Euromast

4
nights
The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Popular historic sites such as Grote Markt and Madurodam are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Zandvoort aan Zee and Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee. Get out of town with these interesting The Hague side-trips: Haarlem (Melgers Wijn en Dranken, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and Amsterdam City Tours (in Marken). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, examine the collection at Louwman Museum The Hague, enjoy the sand and surf at Scheveningen Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read The Hague trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Rotterdam to The Hague by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in The Hague sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Haarlem, Delft, Zandvoort aan Zee, Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee, Amsterdam City Tours
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

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